NEW DELHI – DMK MP Kanimozhi Sunday said a Central Industrial Security Force officer asked if she was an Indian when she requested the woman official to speak in Tamil or English. The incident is understood to have taken place when Kanimozhi was at the Chennai airport to take a flight to Delhi.
Narrating the incident on Twitter, Kanimozhi said, “Today at the airport a CISF officer asked me if ‘I am an Indian’ when I asked her to speak to me in Tamil or English as I did not know Hindi.”
“I would like to know from when being Indian is equal to knowing Hindi. #hindiimposition,” Kanimozhi, who is also the DMK’s women’s wing secretary, said on her twitter handle.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) sought details from her soon after and said it had “ordered an enquiry into the matter”.
“Warm greetings from @CISFHQrs. We sincerely acknowledge your unpleasant experience. Kindly DM journey details; name of airport, location, date, and time of the incident for appropriate action in the matter,” the CISF tweeted. “It is not the policy of CISF to insist upon any particular language,” it tweeted.